Countdown to the World Premiere of For Sama

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Truly excited that my first ever feature documentary, that I have been working on with and about the incredible Waad Al Kateab for a year and a half, will premiere at SXSW festival in less than a week on Monday 11th March.

It tells the story of Waad’s journey through love, marriage and motherhood across five years of the revolution in Aleppo, Syria. Waad shot it all herself, giving a unique female perspective on the struggle that has not been seen before.

She, her husband Hamza and their baby daughter Sama are some of the most incredible people I have ever met. They faced the darkest horrors – shelling, airstrikes, attacks by chemical weapons – with courage, honesty and humour throughout.

In many ways, this is the film I have always wanted to make. It tells the truth about the Syrian uprising from its beginning to its end.

At last people will experience the uprising through the eyes of real Syrian people, undistorted by lies or propaganda – and gain a deeper understanding of this tragedy we have allowed to unfold before our eyes.

Even more importantly, it shows how the human spirit is stronger than the weapons of tyrants. An inspiring message for us all in these troubled times.

If you’re in Austin for the fest, hope to see you at one of our three screenings.


My first feature documentary to premiere at SXSW Festival

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Glad to finally be able to unveil my first ever feature documentary!

For Sama tells the extraordinary story of Waad al-Kateab, a young Syrian woman who filmed her life through five years of the uprising there.

A journey through love, war and motherhood, it is unlike anything you’ve seen on Syria before, an unparalleled insight into the female experience of conflict.

It has been a great honour and privilege to work with Waad on bringing her life story to the big screen for the past year and a half.

Also exciting to report that the film will have its world premiere at the SXSW festival in March!

Channel 4 and PBS funded the film that was produced by Channel 4 News and ITN. You can read the press release here:

Hopefully this is only the beginning of the film’s journey…

Oksijan: Website Launched

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Excited to announce that OKSIJAN, my first short film, now has its own website –

Check it out to find out a whole lot more about the film, including production stills, crew bios and future screening info.

Thanks to our amazing Producer team who put this together, above all the incredible Olivia Scarlett who was the main author of the site and worked so hard to make it look that slick.

Looking forward to the world premiere on October 5th!

Oksijan: Trailer Released

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Incredibly excited to announce that the trailer for my first narrative short film, ‘Oksijan’ is out now! Find out more about the film on its website.

Please watch it, share it and spread the word. Tickets are selling out fast for our screenings at the BFI London Film Festival 2017 #LFF @oksijanfilm.

BAFTA nomination for Escape from ISIS

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This is not exactly breaking news – as the announcement was made weeks ago – but now that I’m back in the UK, I wanted to shout about it anyway… Escape from ISIS has been nominated for a BAFTA in the Best Current Affairs category!

It is a huge honour but we’re up against some exceptional films, two of them made by great friends of mine: James Jones’ Children of the Gaza War, Dan Edge’s Outbreak: Story of Ebola and Jihad: a British Story.

The ceremony is this Sunday 8th May.

Good luck to everyone,


Awards for Escape from ISIS

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I have been travelling for the past few months, exploring new frontiers in Asia and the Pacific. While I’ve been gone, Escape from ISIS has won a number of prestigious awards.

In November, we were honoured to win Amnesty International’s award for Best Human Rights Documentary 2015. There’s a pic of the team up on stage.

The same month we won the Foreign Press Association of London’s award for Best TV Feature 2015.

In February, the film was recognised by the television industry with the 2016 Broadcast award for Best News & Current Affairs programme.

The same month, I was delighted to hear that we had won a prestigious Royal Television Society award for Best International Current Affairs film.

Finally, the Overseas Press Club of America also honoured the US version of the film with its award for Best International Reporting (broadcast) late in April.

It is a great honour to receive such accolades. Thanks to all the institutions involved – and thanks once again to the team who made the film what it is.



A Short from the Solomons

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I thought I would post this short film, shot over two weeks in the Solomon Islands.

The goal was to highlight the work of the Marovo Medical Mission, a group of international volunteers who try to bring healthcare to villagers living in a remote lagoon in the Solomons.

It’s an incredible place, far from the modern world. Most people use canoes to travel around, there’s little electricity and the healthcare complaints range from syphilis to crocodile bites.

The film was an entirely voluntary effort – we had no budget, only a small camera and basic top mic and none of the post production resources of a normal film.

Still, I am proud of it: for showing the incredible work these guys do and capturing a sense of this beautiful, isolated corner of the world.

I hope you enjoy! And please support the work of the Mission here:


Escape From ISIS: The Reaction

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Escape From ISIS has had an incredible reaction from policy-makers, press and public alike.

I’m so grateful to the hundreds of people who have got in touch to express their appreciation of the film and ask what they can do to help the women and girls who suffer so much at the Islamic State’s hands.

This post will record some other highlights of the film’s impact.

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